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POMS 2006 Conference: "OM in the New World Uncertainties"

17th Annual Conference of the
Production and Operations Management Society
"OM in the New World Uncertainties"
Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 28 - May 1, 2006

Call for Papers (PDF)

POM-2006, the seventeenth annual conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, will convene in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. from Friday, April 28 through Monday, May 1, 2006.

  • Submission of abstracts opened Nov 30, 2005, and ended Jan 20, 2006.
  • Registration for conference opened Jan 22, 2006. Early registration ended Feb 15, 2006.
  • Online full length paper submission (for accepted abstracts only) opened Feb 6, 2006, and ended Feb 28, 2006.
     

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Conference Theme: The theme of this year's conference is OM in the New World Uncertainties. The theme addresses the significant changes occurring in the current geopolitical and economic landscapes and the role of OM in this new environment. Unprecedented changes have occurred relative to globalization and offshoring, use of technologies ranging from e- business to RFID, management of global and cross-cultural supply chains, and the focus on corporate and homeland security. Inter-organizational dependence of supply chains has made companies increasingly vulnerable to natural and man- made disasters, such as the 911 attacks, the SARS epidemic, and hurricane Katrina. To remain relevant in this new world economy OM must break beyond functional boundaries and work collaboratively with areas ranging from operations research to marketing to organizational behavior. This new environment is demanding the bridging of theory and empirical research in order to equip OM with currency and corporate relevance. OM has a critical role to play in this new world economy and the theme of this year's conference reflects that.

Conference Venue: The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Located in the heart of Boston, the Hyatt Regency is just one block from Boston Common and adjacent to the Lafayette Corporate Center. It is the perfect location for visitors to experience all the city of Boston has to offer.

The POM-2006 planning team is working very hard in putting together an exciting program. Our goal is to put together a program that will appeal to anyone interested in improving their research productivity, bringing the latest materials to the classroom, or using the latest OM techniques/software in solving OM problems. We hope to see you all in Boston!

Any future revisions of this announcement will be posted on the POMS website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any improvement ideas. Thank you.

Preliminary List of Tracks

  • Disaster Management
  • Empirical Research in OM
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • E-Business and Operations
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Innovations in Teaching
  • International/Global Operations
  • Inventory Management
  • JIT and Lean Production
  • Logistics, Distribution Channels & Inventory Systems
  • Managing Supply Chain Disruptions
  • Mass Customization and Personalization
  • Modeling in OM
  • Operations Strategy
  • Performance Measurement
  • Product Innovation and Technology Management
  • Purchasing
  • Quality Management
  • Service Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Operations

Wickham Skinner Awards

The Wickham Skinner Awards will be presented during the POM-2006 meeting in Boston on April 28 to May 1, 2006. These awards are intended to encourage POM scholarship and publication, to promote significant research in the field, to reward academics who have achieved unusually high accomplishment early in their careers, and to facilitate the sharing of innovative new ideas about teaching POM, and thereby to establish POMS as the leading professional society in the field of production and operations management.

It should be noted that neither Officers nor Board members of POMS (including members of the Council of POMS Presidents) are eligible for these awards. Awards will not be given if the submissions do not meet the standards for each award category.

There are three categories of Wickham Skinner Awards, as follows:

  • A. Best Unpublished Paper presented at the Boston Meeting
  • B. Early-Career Research Accomplishments
  • C. Teaching Innovation Achievements

Send submission materials to:

Professor Sushil Gupta
Executive Director - POMS
College of Business Administration
Florida International University
RB 250, 11200 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199, USA
Phone: 305-348-1413
Fax: 305-348-4126
poms@fiu.edu

If confirmation of receipt of submission materials is not received within a reasonable time, it is the responsibility of each applicant to contact Dr. Gupta directly.

A. AWARD FOR BEST UNPUBLISHED PAPER PRESENTED AT THE BOSTON MEETING

The best unpublished paper presented at the Boston Meeting will receive a prize of $1,000 and will undergo an expedited review by the POMS Journal. The runner-up will receive $500.

Those who wish to enter this competition should send substantial abstracts (at least eight pages) of their papers before January 7, 2006, in Microsoft Word or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) via e- mail to the Executive Director of POMS. Please label the abstracts "Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award." The Executive Director will confirm receipt of abstracts and send copies to both the screening committee and the Editor-in-Chief of the POMS Journal.

By February 11, 2006, they should email a copy of the complete paper excluding the cover page with author information, using the proper editorial format (see "Information for Contributors" in the POMS Journal), along with the cover page in a separate electronic file, to the Editor-in-Chief of the POMS Journal at:

Professor Kalyan Singhal
Merrick School of Business
University of Baltimore
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Phone: 410-837-4976
ksinghal@ubmail.ubalt.edu

The Editor-in-Chief will acknowledge receipt of each paper and distribute copies to the judges. Unless the author(s) request a delay, the paper will then be reviewed as a submission to the POMS Journal. Simultaneously, each paper will be reviewed by a five-person judging committee.

The awards will be announced and presented to the winner(s) at the POM- 2006 Boston closing ceremony on Monday afternoon, May 1, 2006. Multiple authors of an award- winning paper will divide the award money, but each will receive an award plaque and be honored as an award winner.

Any papers previously submitted to POMS and still under the sole review of POMS are also eligible for this award, and the authors should follow the same submission procedures above, with a note indicating the paper's prior submission to the journal and the desire that it be considered for the award.

All paper submissions for this award must not be under review by another journal or conference. The authors certify this through their submission of a paper for this award.

Any individual can only be considered for one Best Paper award. If multiple submitted papers bear the name of an author, only one of these can be considered for the award.

Chair of the Committee: Terry Taylor, Columbia University

B. EARLY-CAREER RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS AWARD

There will be at most two winners of this award. Award winners are not eligible to apply again for the award, but unsuccessful applicants may resubmit their materials in a later year.

Definition Of Early-Career Researcher: An "Early-Career Researcher" will be defined as someone who has received a doctoral degree (or its equivalent outside of the U.S.A.) within the previous five years. For the POM-2006 Meeting, 2001 is the starting year for inclusion.

Basis for the Early-Career Researcher Award: Accomplishments can be measured in many ways, with publications and presentations given primary importance. Work published (or formally accepted for publication) or presented at a conference within the five-year eligibility period will be considered in the evaluation process if properly documented.

The judges will evaluate the impact of the body of work in terms of its ability to broaden, extend, and alter the way that POM is conceptualized, practiced, and viewed. The judges are not required to give awards if applicants do not meet the standards they establish.

Procedure for Submissions: Applicants wishing to participate in this competition must send eight (8) hard copies of the materials listed below to the Executive Director of POMS, who will confirm their receipt. This portfolio must be sent by mail or special delivery service (such as UPS, FedEx, etc.) before January 7, 2006. Additions to the portfolio cannot be made after the January 7 deadline. The portfolio should include:

  1. A cover letter of no more than two pages applying for the award that highlights the major contributions of the applicant's entire body of research
  2. A copy of the candidate's resume
  3. Copies of one to three key papers
  4. A maximum of three letters of recommendation for the award from other academics or area/department chairs describing the applicant's contribution to research, or from practitioners confirming the successful application of research findings.

The award will be announced at the POM-2006 Boston closing ceremony on Monday afternoon, May 1. The awards include:

  1. Public Recognition of the award winner(s) at the POM-2006 Boston Meeting
  2. A plaque
  3. A check for $1000
  4. Complimentary POMS membership for the following two years

Chair of the Committee: Jan Fransoo, Eindhoven University

C. TEACHING INNOVATION ACHIEVEMENTS AWARD

This award (limited to two individuals) is intended to foster the improvement of POM pedagogy through the sharing of innovative teaching methods. There will be five judges, who are not required to give awards if applicants do not meet the standards they establish. The awards will be announced and presented at the closing ceremony of the POM-2006 Boston Meeting on Monday, May 1.

Basis for the Teaching Innovation Achievements Award: These awards will be based on a portfolio furnished by each candidate that demonstrates various aspects of innovative teaching achievements. The portfolio might include specific teaching materials; descriptions of innovative approaches to teaching (including team teaching, student teams, action learning, and role playing, in addition to the traditional lectures and case discussions); innovative uses of technology for delivering materials (e.g., interactive media, the Internet, distance- and e-learning); and/or new ways for understanding actual operating problems and the methods that can be applied to deal with them (e.g., ERP, ASP, etc.). Evaluations of the teaching innovations by users should be provided. These can include other teachers, students, and other evaluators who are in a position to comment knowledgeably about the teaching innovation. At a minimum, the innovative teaching portfolio should include:

  1. A personal statement reflecting the applicant's teaching philosophy and favored approaches (which should include a description of the teaching environment at the applicant's institution)
  2. A representative set of course syllabi
  3. Course/teaching evaluation data
  4. A statement of the applicant's educational innovations that are felt to be most important.

Procedure For Submissions: Before January 7, 2006, applicants must submit a letter of intent electronically or by mail to apply for the award to the Executive Director of POMS, who will confirm receipt. Before February 11, 2006, applicants should send eight (8) hard copies of the portfolio of teaching achievements, by mail or special delivery service (UPS, FedEx, etc.), to the Executive Director of POMS, who will confirm receipt.

Criteria for Awards: In their evaluation of these materials, the judges will give primary attention to:

  1. Evidence of real pedagogical innovation.
  2. Evidence of demonstrable improvement in student learning over time. This evidence may take many forms, including letters testifying to the value of the pedagogical innovation from present or former students, as well as from other academics that have witnessed or adopted them, improvements in test scores, etc. Innovations in measuring the impact of a pedagogical approach will also be considered.
  3. Evidence of transferability. A teaching innovation must be transferable to others, whether internal or external to the applicant's institution. A description of the teaching innovation(s), as well as how to measure the resulting learning improvement, must be presented in enough detail so that others may apply or adapt the material successfully.

The award will be announced at the POM-2006 Boston closing ceremony on Monday afternoon, May 1.

The awards include:

  1. Public Recognition of the award winner(s) at the POM-2006 Boston Meeting
  2. A plaque
  3. A check for $1,000
  4. Complimentary POMS membership for the following two years

Chair of the Committee: Sunil Kumar, Stanford University


POM-2006 Conference Committee

General Chair
Barb Flynn
Wake Forest University
Barb.Flynn@mba.wfu.edu
Program Chair
Nada R. Sanders
Wright State University
nadia.sanders@wright.edu
International Committee Chair
Sushil Gupta
Florida International University
poms@fiu.edu
Emerging Scholars Program
John (Jack) Kanet
University of Dayton
kanet@udayton.edu
Doctoral Consortium
Tim Lowe
Pennsylvania State University
TJL12@psu.edu
Conference Advisor
Suresh Chand
Purdue University
suresh@purdue.edu
Sponsorship Coordinator
Nagesh N. Murthy
University of Oregon
nmurthy@lcbmail.uoregon.edu
Local Events Coordinator
Joy Field
Boston College
fieldjo@bc.edu
Vice President Meetings
Timothy L. Smunt
Wake Forest University
Tim.Smunt@mba.wfu.edu
Proceedings Editor (on CD)
Elliot Bendoly
Emory University
Elliot_Bendoly@bus.emory.edu
Program Editor
Elliot Bendoly
Emory University
Elliot_Bendoly@bus.emory.edu
 

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Located in the heart of Boston, the Hyatt Regency is just one block from Boston Common and adjacent to the Lafayette Corporate Center. It is the perfect location for visitors to experience all the city of Boston has to offer.

Hotel Room Rates: Special room rates have been worked out with the Hyatt Regency Boston. These special rates are $179.00 (single/double), $229.00 (triple) and $254.00 (quad).

Access the dedicated online reservation system for the POMS meeting.

Conference hotel details and photos

Information on overflow hotels (Posted 3/24/06).


Tutorials and Workshops

Tutorial and workshop proposals are encouraged. Please contact the General Chair at Barb.Flynn@mba.wfu.edu by December 15, 2005 if you have an interest.


Plenary Speakers

We are in the process of lining up exciting industry and academic leaders to speak on the theme topic of global uncertainty and the role of OM in this new environment.


Doctoral Student Consortium

The program aims to provide an excellent opportunity for career development and networking with prominent academicians and practitioners. The half-day session will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2006 (1:30 PM to 5:30 PM). Professor Tim Lowe from Pennsylvania State University will be leading the session.

The program will be limited to 30 participants. To participate, please send a short E-Mail expressing your interest and your resume to Professor Tim Lowe at TJL12@psu.edu. Please do so by January 31, 2006.


3rd Annual Program for Emerging Scholars of POM
Program Announcement and Invitation to Apply

To:
Untenured university faculty holding teaching positions in the field of Production and Operations Management

From:
Michael Magazine, University of Cincinnati, co-chair
Craig Froehle, University of Cincinnati, co-chair
Jack Kanet, University of Dayton, honorary chair

This is to invite you to apply for participation in the special "Emerging Scholars Program" session of the POM 2006 Conference in Boston, MA. The half-day program will be held May 01, 2006, (7:00-11:45 AM), the last day of the conference. In order to foster the development of new professionals pursuing academic careers in OM, the Production and Operations Management Society is sponsoring this special session of the conference.

The program's goal is to provide new academic professionals in OM with career-building advice in developing excellence in their personal programs of teaching, research, and service. The program will feature internationally recognized senior OM scholars as well as members of the POMS Board of Directors.

The program will be limited to 20 participants. We will be giving priority to first time faculty attendees. If you are planning to attend the conference and are interested in participating, please do the following:

  • Send a short email describing your interest along with a copy of you current curriculum vitae on or before March 15, 2005 to mike.magazine@uc.edu with copy to craig.froehle@uc.edu
  • Send 2-3 questions or issues you would like to see discussed that are important to you in your professional development.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

New! A summary of the 2006 POMS Emerging Scholars program and group photo of participants is now available -- view it now (PDF)!


Guidelines for Submission of Full Length Paper
(Accepted Abstracts Only)

Full-length papers submitted to the proceedings must be single spaced and no longer than 20 pages in length (not counting references - which should similarly be single spaced within references and spaced between). Each paper must be in PDF format with the following information provided at the top of the first page:

Paper Title
[Abstract code, in brackets]

Name of author #1, affiliation of author #1
Name of author #2, affiliation of author #2
....

The abstract and introduction should then follow on the next page.

Your full length paper will not be included in the conference proceedings if you do not register and present the paper in the conference.

Full length papers must be submitted via the POMS webpage. You will need the E-mail address of the author for correspondence and the abstract number to upload the full length paper. The E-mail address must match the E-mail address that you provided at the time of abstract submission. If at any time, after uploading the paper, you wish to submit a revised version, simply repeat the process. The old version of the paper will be replaced with the new one.

Submission of full length papers is not mandatory to participate in the conference. The full length papers will be available on a CD as conference proceedings at the registration desk in Boston.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Elliot Bendoly, Editor of Conference Proceedings at elliot_bendoly@bus.emory.edu.

The last date to submit the full length paper is February 28th 2006.

Start the full length paper submission process.


Conference Registration

All registration for the conference will be done on line through the POMS website. The website will be available for registration beginning January 22, 2006 and close on April 10, 2006. The registration fees are as follows:

  • Members: $375 by February 15, $425 between February 16 and March 7, $475 between March 8 and April 10. The on site registration fee is $525.
  • Non-Members: $400 by February 15, $450 between February 16 and March 7, $500 between March 8 and April 10. The on site registration fee is $550.
  • Students and Retirees: $105 by February 15, $125 between February 16 and March 7, $145 between March 8 and April 10. The on site registration fee is $160.

Start the POM-2006 Conference Registration Process.